The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has called on the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to improve its rules and policies to improve the ability of agricultural shippers to challenge unreasonable rail freight rates.
In a statement submitted to the agency, the NGFA commended the STB for proposing changes and soliciting public comments on the current methods available to shippers to challenge unreasonable rates. But the nation’s leading association representing shippers of grains, oilseeds, feed and feed ingredients, and other grain products said the agency’s proposals fell well short of achieving its stated goal.
The NGFA instead urged the STB to undertake a more comprehensive, in-depth review of its so-called “simplified standards” for rail rate regulation, with a goal of proposing further and more significant modifications. The NGFA said if the STB finds that its current methods for challenging unreasonable freight rates are inadequate – as the NGFA believes – the agency should ask Congress for additional statutory authority “designed to provide genuinely simplified and expedited standards for resolving rail rate disputes.”
More detail can be found on the NFGA website.
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